Sobek took the place of Rameses with the construction of a new Egyptian themed drop tower ride, aptly named Croc Drop, over the course of 2020.
The Rameses Revenge ride structure has been removed over the 2019/20 closed season, leaving only the sign which stood behind the ride, and remains of the control booth and fountain pond. With the site already surrounded by construction walls, development will progress over the course of the 2020 season.
The remaining parts of Rameses Revenge have been removed, and a large concrete foundation poured for the drop tower ride structure in the middle of the site. Anchor bolts can be seen which will secure the surrounding building to the ground. Behind this area, the remaining queue line for the relocated Flying Jumbo’s has been removed, and the area flattened. A construction site office is now situated at the rear of the site, next to the path which leads to Zufari. B&E Services, who have completed previous projects for Merlin, appear to be constructing the ride.
Rising from the newly poured concrete foundation is the steel structure that will surround the drop tower. On the side, a breeze block wall is being formed to enclose the building, with the queue line entrance now visible at the front. Inside the new building, sectioned off rooms have been created which we assume will house the ride computers and operator’s console.
Major progress has been made since our last update, with the breeze block walls of the building rendered and themed with an Egyptian style to match the surroundings of Forbidden Kingdom. Intricate details have been painted on to the structure, featuring murals, patterns and hieroglyphics. Guests will enter the loading area through an imposing doorway at the front of the building, which features a mural above the queue line based on the Eye of Horus, and two murals of a figure with a crocodile’s head and human’s body, thought to be Sobek; the ancient Egyptian God of the Nile. As shown in the initial plans, the large crocodile mouth that will surround the drop tower is currently being constructed in sections above the building.
The large crocodile mouth that will surround the drop tower ride system is nearing completion, and features attractive rendered hieroglyphics and themed patterns. Riders will come close to the creature’s sharp green coloured teeth when traversing the tower. The ride system, from SBF Visa Group, is awaiting delivery on to the construction site and will shortly be installed. Thank you to Jamie Shoesmith for providing the photos.